Sheila M. Eldred

Health Writer

Sheila Mulrooney Eldred is a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and a former newspaper reporter. As a freelance health journalist, she writes about everything from deadly diseases to elite athletes, including superbugs, opioids, ticks, and laughter yoga. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, FiveThirtyEight, Pacific Standard, STAT News, and other publications. In her spare time, she and her family love running, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking in Minneapolis.

Conditions Covered:Cancer

Latest by Sheila M. Eldred

What Don’t You Know About Cancers of the Gastroesophageal Junction (GEJ)? Probably A Lot.

If you’d never heard of the gastroesophageal junction, or GEJ, before your cancer diagnosis, you're not alone. Read this slideshow to find out more.

Here Are Nine Ways to Treat Yourself, Post-Gastrectomy With Gastric (Stomach) Cancer

Eat the right kinds of (delicious!) foods, seek help from professionals, even find a masseuse who works with cancer patients, all in an effort to practice self-care after your gastrectomy for stomach cancer.

How a Dentist’s Brush With Throat Cancer Changed How He Cares for Patients

Bruce, a dentist with 40 years of experience, knew the importance of oral cancer screening. But he never expected to be diagnosed with the cancer himself.

As A Child, She Had Bone Cancer, As An Adult? Non-smoker Lung Cancer

Tori Tomalia had bone cancer when she was young, and spent most of a year at the Mayo Clinic. When she was 37, she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Here's her story.

Former Teacher Uses Social Media to Educate About Multiple Myeloma

Fifth grade teacher Cindy Chmielewski left the classroom when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), but didn’t stop educating others – her classroom just went virtual. Cindy is now a social media powerhouse in the MM community. Here’s her story.

What's in a Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Care Plan?

A care plan ensures that you and your doctors are on the same page about your post-cancer treatment.

Life After Tonsil Cancer: One Woman’s Food Journey

When Lisa lost part of her tongue to an aggressive throat cancer, she had to get creative about food.

How to Reduce Your Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

Take these steps toward making healthy lifestyle changes that will help prevent head and neck cancers.

Best Ways to Nutritionally Support Your Lung Cancer Treatment

Whether you’re hoping to reduce nausea from chemotherapy, control your sugar intake after surgery, or simply manage your lung cancer symptoms, a satiating diet can help.

Your Loved Ones Can Reduce Their Lung Cancer Risk: Here’s How

Tips like don’t smoke and eat your veggies might sound familiar in reducing your lung cancer risk, but there are other tips too you can share with loved ones – testing your house for radon and your water for arsenic, for instance.